2015 WGC-HSBC Champions Picks, Including the Driver-Off-The-Deck BOLD Play of the Week #isitlateWednesdaynightyet

This week the PGA Tour heads to Shanghai, China for the WGC HSBC Champions event, the backend of the double dose of the Tour’s annual Asian swing.  So, you know what this means- more live late night golf on tv baby!  You, your couch, live PGA tour golf and your favorite cold beverage Wednesday thru Saturday night = yes, please! 

This week’s field at Sheshan International is mightily stacked, as Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler, Adam Scott, Hideki Matsuyama, Sergio Garcia, last week’s winner Justin Thomas and others round out the elite field of 78.

A mighty solid week for my picks last week at the CIMB Classic as my Lockzilla Justin Thomas took home the trophy and Semi-Flier Tony Finau finished solo 9th.  Also, I spot-on nailed Steven Bowditch again as a BUST (second time in three weeks) as he finished 71st out of 77 players completing all 4 rounds.

Now, let’s hop into some picks for this week:

LOCKZILLAS (Last week: Thomas WINNER, Sergio t-24th)

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy
– Rory was in prime position to take home the trophy last week in Turkey following three straight rounds of 67, but slipped to a 71 on Sunday and ended up t-6th.  Note the t-6th finish as that’s Rory’s worst finish in four attempts at Sheshan International and it also marks his best post soccer injury finish.  Rory is on the road back up to victory, it’s time to hop aboard.

Adam Scott
Adam Scott
– Wait a tic, 25-under didn’t win last week?!  Holy Batman, I swear they were handing out free birdie + eagle passes last week there were so many red numbers flying about in Malaysia.  All jokes aside, Adam seems to have suddenly resurrected his game simply by finding a non-anchored putting stroke that works.  It’s too small of a sample size to tell yet if it’s a long term solution, but one things is for sure–his confidence is suddenly sky high.  Add in that he finished t-12th and t-11th in his last two appearances here and expect a top 10 with podium finish upside this week from the 35-year-old Aussie.

SEMI-FLIER (Last week: Finau 9th)

Marc Leishman
Marc Leishman
– The big Aussie finished solo 9th here last year and continues to play well in his annual globetrotting.  Simply put, he’s extremely close to a return to top form and makes a great under-the-radar play this week.

HOSEL-ROCKET BUST (Last week: Bowditch 71st)

Henrik Stenson
Henrik Stenson
– Following his announcement that he’s leaving golf to pursue an acting career (just kidding!)…..all jokes aside, Henrik struggled mightily last week at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, doesn’t have much for positive course history here at Sheshan and will be having knee surgery in early December to repair a nagging meniscus injury.  Add all that up and it’s one giant stay away from the Swede this week.

DRIVER-OFF-THE-DECK BOLD PLAY OF THE WEEK (Last week: Dufner t-35th)

Martin Kaymer
Martin Kaymer
– This Sheshan course horse is undoubtedly in extra poor form at the moment, but if there’s one thing that we’ve learned with Martin’s game over the years is that he’s anything but consistent.  The winner here in 2011 has four other top 10s in this event, and I expect the familiar turf to resurrect the 2-time major champion’s game once again.

#isitlateWednesdaynightyet

Joel Harrington
@joel4deepgolf

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